Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab

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A friendly enviroment!
Administrative Support II (Current Employee) –  11100 Johns Hopkins Rd. Laurel Md 20723June 12, 2017
Work day starts at 8:30am and ends at 5pm. In that time I'll receive in anything from paperclips to satellite parts. I've learned to operate a forklift and receive in equipment through ebbs/oracle financial. The workplace is one of the best I've worked in. The atmosphere is friendly and everyone gets along with one another. The hardest part of my job is trying to get something received in when the packing slips do not match. Management is great they take care of their employees, the best management I ever had. Most enjoyable part about this job is while you're here you get to experience something new everday.
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Innovation and Excellence
Security (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDJune 6, 2017
JHU/APL strives for excellence in the technical realm. Well respected as leaders in innovation. Job culture is full of potential, hope it continues to develop.
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Very versitile
Department Administrator (Former Employee) –  Columbia, MDJune 5, 2017
Spent many years at JHU. GREAT place to work, GREAT benefits and people that work there are pretty forgiving. Management was great I would recommend this company.
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APL is a great place to work.
Contracts Closeout Settlement Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDMay 24, 2017
A typical day would be to run several reports so I would be able to determine if APL owed clients money for if the clients need to reimburse APL. I learned a lot about the different types of contracts and how you closeout the contracts.
Pros
Close to home
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Productive and focused place to work
Biological Research Internship (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDApril 3, 2017
I enjoyed my time at Hopkins because I learned a lot about lab equipment and about the job culture of a lab. I did not like the solitude, but the company treated me well.
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Interesting Work - Large Corporate Structure
Senior Scientific Staff (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDDecember 16, 2016
Lots of interesting work and great technical people to produce that work. Managers are not given proper training to adequately perform their job functions.
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Power Point Engineering
Senior Professional I (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDNovember 18, 2016
Good pay. Good benefits. Fair work/life balance. Painfully boring work in A4E. Heavy on high level (flow chart) work. Very light on hardcore Mathematics/Physics in A4E. Formal training is completely nonexistent. Expected to become a subject matter expert via osmosis. This is a great place to work if you come in with domain knowledge; otherwise, best of luck!
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Comfortable Place to work at.
SPUR Internship (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDOctober 29, 2016
Great place to work if you're main concerns are job security, pay, benefits and 40 hour work weeks.
However, some find it too laid back.
Pros
Job security, 40 hour work weeks, insurance, 401k plans
Cons
Laid back
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Great Benefits.
Communications/Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDAugust 29, 2016
The lab is known for it benefits, job security, and an "easier" pace than equivalent jobs in industry.

They offer free graduate and undergraduate courses.
Their retirement matching is one of the best.
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Provided an Innovative Work Environment
Senior Professional Staff (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDAugust 8, 2016
JHU/APL is a cornerstone for innovation and "out of the box" concepts. Deep thought and experimentation is encouraged and rewarded. The pace and culture of the environment is a bit dated.
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Very exciting to work with systems engineers & rocket scientists!
Administrator, Information Technology Services (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDApril 1, 2016
APL-ers are committed to serving their country as defense contractors. Very smart and innovative in creating solutions to thorny, global problems.
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fun place to work learn a lot
Grounds Maintenance worker and Equipment Operator (Former Employee) –  Columbia, MDMarch 27, 2016
fun place to work as a grounds keeper learned so much and had a very nice time there and wish I was still there those were the good old days
Pros
overtime
Cons
none
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Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDFebruary 1, 2016
APL as a whole is an awesome place to work. The benefits and pay are pretty good. The issue is certain departments have issues at the top, but instead of removing those issues they remove the workers.
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Great Salary and Benefits - Rampant Ageism
SENIOR PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL STAFF (Former Employee) –  MarylandNovember 18, 2015
This place has outstanding salary and benefits. Some of the work is really exciting, some of it is dull as can be. Great place if you are just out of grad school, but don't get old. They don't like older workers.
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Work at JHU
Design Engineer - Converter design engineer (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDNovember 10, 2015
It is a challenging and rewarding environment. Very nice facilities and lab equipment. People are generally very supportive there.
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If they want you they are good to you ... if not ...
Systems Engineer (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDOctober 29, 2015
Employment their usually starts off well and lasts more years than at most places. However, it can be tricky despite your best efforts to remain employed there. The place frequently reorganizes and the people that support you the most may disappear. Their objectives can change leaving you high and dry for work. Then they give you a choice between a probation assignment (which usually leads to termination) or help in placement outside the lab. Some people leave and come back with great success. Nice campus, offices, activities and efforts to keep employees happy.
Pros
Long employment possible
Cons
Must have strong career path planning, skills and accomplishments.
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Steady place to work
Associate Professional Staff II (Current Employee) –  Laurel, MDJuly 5, 2015
Overall JHUAPL is a decent place to work; however, look elsewhere if you want to work on cutting-edge research. There is much more of an emphasis on the worth of management over technical staff, which makes career advancement for engineers and scientist who prefer to stay out of line management very difficult.
Pros
Steady work, good work/life balance, good salary
Cons
Little career advancement for technical staff, research isn't very cutting edge, matrix management organizational style can lead to redundancy in line management.
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Fun to work
Tech Specialist (Former Employee) –  Laurel, MDJune 26, 2015
Design a GUI for the ARGO project. Main tasks were the parser and small front end design. This was my first internship and I learn a lot about the computer science field from working here.
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JHU/APL social stratification: a dichotomy of work environments
Associate Professional (Current Employee) –  Associate ProfessionalJune 18, 2015
For scientist, engineers, and management JHU/APL truly is a “Best Place to Work.” However, support staff and other non-professional positions should be leery when considering any offers of employment.

With twenty and even thirty year careers for professional staff commonplace at JHU/APL one question I recommend every job candidate ask during the interview process: “What is the median number of years my peers have worked at JHU/APL?” If the answer is not ten years or more, it is a warning indicator of excessively high employee turnover. The likely culprit is management that characterizes support staff as commodities. Long-term retention is not a goal and therefore providing opportunity for advancement (promotion, recognition, salary, and training) or work life balance is extraneous.
Pros
better than average retirement plan (403b), good commute location for the Baltimore/Washington area, convenient on-site cafeterias (overpriced)
Cons
redundant layers of management, no leadership within management, parking is terrible (free)
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Research and development was a lot of fun
Senior Engineering Technician Grade C (Former Employee) –  Scaggsville, MDJune 12, 2015
My days varied depending on which test stall I was assigned to. They were Scram jet rocket, Particle injection, NASA Aerospace plane thrust and Infrared Laser guidance testing. The work atmosphere and the personnel I worked with made it enjoyable just to go to work.
Pros
Working there/had its on softball league
Cons
None
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